Volcano News – Which volcano is erupting?

In recent months, 44 volcanoes worldwide have been in eruption, or in a state of heightened volcanic unrest. The activity is below average.

There are about 1900 volcanoes on earth that are classified as potentially active. However, many submarine volcanoes are not included in the statistics. On average, 50 volcanoes erupt every year. Every day about 20 volcanoes erupt worldwide, some of them have been permanently active for years. These volcanoes include the Stromboli in Italy and the Dukono on the Indonesian island of Halmahera. Other examples are the Yasur on Tanna Island in Vanuatu and Fuego in Guatemala.
Many volcanoes erupt in phases, such as Etna in Sicily, the Mexican Popocatepetl, or the Piton Fournaise on La Réunion.
If a volcano is home to a lava lake, it is usually active for long periods of time. Currently there are only two lava lakes. One is found in the crater of Mount Erebus in Antarctica, another is boiling in Nyiragongo in the Congo. The lava lakes of the Kilauea and Ambrym volcanoes drained in 2018 and have been inactive since then.
Some permanently effusive active volcanoes produce lava domes. These include Santiaguito in Guatemala and Shiveluch on Kamchatka.
Some volcanoes erupt only briefly before they rest for many years. Such eruptions are often strong and produce a lot of volcanic ash in a short time. Such a volcano is the Taal in the Philippines.

Table of erupting volcanoes

The table of erupting volcanoes is based on GVP data from the Smithsonian Institute. Listed are volcanoes that have erupted at least once in the last 3 months. At the moment 44 volcanoes are active. This number is below the long-term average. Status is August 2020.

Volcano Country Eruption Start Date Eruption Stop Date Max VEI
Cleveland United States 2020 Jun 1 2020 Jun 1 (continuing)
Karymsky Russia 2020 Apr 1 ± 9 days 2020 Jun 4 (continuing)
Rincon de la Vieja Costa Rica 2020 Jan 31 2020 Jun 4 (continuing)
Kuchinoerabujima Japan 2020 Jan 11 2020 Jun 4 (continuing)
Nishinoshima Japan 2019 Dec 5 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 1
Klyuchevskoy Russia 2019 Oct 24 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 2
Asosan Japan 2019 Apr 16 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 2
Sangay Ecuador 2019 Mar 26 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 2
Tinakula Solomon Islands 2018 Dec 8 (in or before) 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 2
Karangetang Indonesia 2018 Nov 25 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 2
Barren Island India 2018 Sep 25 2020 May 22 (continuing) 1
Krakatau Indonesia 2018 Jun 18 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 3
Merapi Indonesia 2018 May 11 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 3
Nyamuragira DR Congo 2018 Apr 18 2020 Jun 1 (continuing)
Kadovar Papua New Guinea 2018 Jan 5 2020 Jun 3 (continuing) 2
Nevado del Ruiz Colombia 2017 Dec 18 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 2
Sangeang Api Indonesia 2017 Jul 15 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 2
Ol Doinyo Lengai Tanzania 2017 Apr 9 2020 Jun 2 (continuing) 0
Sakurajima Japan 2017 Mar 25 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 1
Sabancaya Peru 2016 Nov 6 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 3
Ebeko Russia 2016 Oct 20 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 2
Nevados de Chillan Chile 2016 Jan 8 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 2
Masaya Nicaragua 2015 Oct 3 2020 May 18 (continuing) 1
Pacaya Guatemala 2015 Jun 7 ± 1 days 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 1
Villarrica Chile 2014 Dec 2 ± 7 days 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 1
Saunders United Kingdom 2014 Nov 12 2020 Jun 1 (continuing) 1
Manam Papua New Guinea 2014 Jun 29 2020 May 14 (continuing) 2
Semeru Indonesia 2014 Apr 1 ± 15 days 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 3
Etna Italy 2013 Sep 3 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 2
Heard Australia 2012 Sep 5 ± 4 days 2020 May 3 (continuing)
Bezymianny Russia 2010 May 21 (?) 2020 Jun 3 (continuing) 3
Reventador Ecuador 2008 Jul 27 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 2
Ibu Indonesia 2008 Apr 5 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 1
Popocatepetl Mexico 2005 Jan 9 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 2
Suwanosejima Japan 2004 Oct 23 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 2
Nyiragongo DR Congo 2002 May 17 (?) 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 2
Fuego Guatemala 2002 Jan 4 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 3
Bagana Papua New Guinea 2000 Feb 28 (in or before) 2020 Jun 2 (continuing) 2
Sheveluch Russia 1999 Aug 15 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 4
Erebus Antarctica 1972 Dec 16 (in or before) ± 15 days 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 2
Stromboli Italy 1934 Feb 2 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 2
Dukono Indonesia 1933 Aug 13 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 3
Santa Maria Guatemala 1922 Jun 22 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 3
Yasur Vanuatu 1774 Jul 2 (in or before) ± 182 days 2020 Jun 4 (continuing) 3

Source: GVP